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taking a big chunk out of spending. cnbc's mandy drury is here with what's moving your money. "the wall street journal" reports that worried companies are scrambling to meet changing demand. >> yeah. you're absolutely right, chris. lots of retailers in fact are really trying to adjust to this brave new world if you like. we've got consumers like us. we've all got smaller pay checks right? the 2% payroll tax hike. i think hurts a household with $65,000 in annual income about $1,300 this year. so that's real money. we've got gasoline prices which have jumped nearly 50 cents a gallon in the past month alone. so you've got companies like walmart stocking more of its shelves with cheaper products and smaller sized packages of everything from toilet paper to snacks to diapers you name it, daily necessities. also burger king is cutting its whopper junior sandwich to $1.29 from about $2 and focusing its ads on its value menu items rather than higher priced salads or smoothies and also kraft and meat supplier tyson foods introducing more lower priced products to help restaurants and superma
service is fighting for its survival. mandy drury is here with what's moving your money. good morning, mandy. >> good morning to you, chris. you're absolutely right. from august, no mail on saturday. but packages will continue six days a week, and it's also aimed at saving about $2 billion annually. so all in all, wouldn't you say a good thing. in australia, we've never had saturday mail and it hasn't hurt us. anyway, why is package delivery going to continue? well, it has increased by 14% since 2010, chris. the delivery of letters and other mail, as you can imagine, has been declining with the increasing use of e-mail. also post offices now open on saturdays will remain open on saturdays. and the postmaster general thinks that most americans are going to take this new schedule in stride and be onboard. let's listen in. >> 70% of americans have consistently said that they would support five-day schedule for mail and package delivery given the financial condition of the postal service. >> and also, keep in mind, you know what the post office's biggest problem is, chris? it's not really
white house to develop stricter penalties against cyber theft. cnbc's mandy drury is here with the details in what's moving your money. this story is getting a lot of traction. >> it is, the obama administration does need to get serious about this. it really is increasing evidence of a campaign not just like one offs but a campaign of cyber stealing and, you're right, it has been linked to the chinese government. they are looking to develop a more aggressive response which could include -- we're talking about the theft of u.s. government data and corporate trade secrets, it could include new measures like fines and other trade actions against apple has confirmed that had has been a victim of the widest known cyber attack on the computers and try to down play the consequences and say no important data was stolen. as yet the full extent of the breach is not entirely clear. what we do no, hackers infected mac computers of apple employees with malicious software that has been designed to attack mac computers and reps for apple say they are working with law enforcement officers to try a
megamerger is taking flight. mandy drury is here with what's moving your money. >> they're getting together on valentine's day. well, this merger is going to cut down the number of major u.s. airlines now to four. you've got the new american, you'll have united, delta, and southwest. so everyone is kind of asking, what does that mean for me, the consumer. well, it potentially means higher prices, less competition, higher prices. we'll have to wait and see. also, richard, most airline mergers have resulted in a reduction of flights and also shrinkage at some hubs. but management is saying this is different because u.s. airways and american overlap on just 12 routes. if you are a traveler, you will not notice immediate changes. it is likely going to be months for example, the frequent flier miles are combined and years before the two airlines are integrated. in other words, don't panic. >> not yet. >> we'll move from the world's largest airline to automobiles, and you've got news on what is the most dependable. >> yeah. j.d. power is out with the annual dependability survey. in other
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